When you or a loved one moves into long-term care, it can seem like life will be restricted, lonely and uninteresting. When choosing a care home it’s always important to see what activities, groups and outings the home offers, so you get a chance to get out and about, learn a new hobby or even just make some new friends. Choosing the right care home with suited care home fees for you is essential, so make sure you find out about everything before you make a choice.
Spending time in a meaningful way helps us feel happier and more motivated to keep enjoying the things we love, even in our elderly years! If you are a resident in long-term care, or visiting a loved-one who could do with some cheering up, why not try these activities or suggest them to staff to get everyone involved:
Arts & Crafts
Crafts are great fun, and a fairly inexpensive way to keep entertained. Making greetings cards, scrapbooking or sewing/knitting are all easy to do, and can make great gifts for others. Contributing to a pretty and meaningful gift is pleasurable and almost anyone can make something great if they try!
Living in a residential home can be restricting (especially with the English weather) so why not get everyone up on their feet and dance! Dancing is a great way to socialise and teach others new skills, and you get some exercise at the same time!
Tending to the garden is a good way to stay energetic and enjoy the outdoors, and this activity can also be accompanied by regular outings to the garden centre. Some care homes offer gardening clubs, or have vegetable patches and herb gardens for residents to grow food for meals. Eating something you’ve grown from scratch makes it even more satisfying, and visitors can take some home too!
Bingo brings care home residents together, and helps create a fun atmosphere. Allocating one night or afternoon week for this activity will give residents something to look forward too – as well as having the chance to win a prize!
Trips to the theatre are a lovely idea for an occasional treat, and many residents will love the opportunity to watch a live show. Make sure there are a variety of shows on offer so there’s something for everyone, or maybe take a vote to see what the majority would like to watch.
If none of these take your fancy, why not try clay modelling, film clubs, singing, exercise classes, pamper days or cooking classes? There are loads of great activities elderly residents can get involved in, even if they have restricted movement. If you feel a care home doesn’t offer enough activities, there’s no harm in getting some residents together and suggesting an idea! Care home staff and volunteers are always looking for new activities to keep residents content – it is their job after all!
Many care homes in the UK offer these facilities, and are always keen to keep residents active and happy. Before you decide on a care home, ask about the facilities on offer and check their website for a list of activities. As well as these activities, many care homes will offer advice and guidance about care home fees and paying for care homes. There may also be social meet-ups for family members, so always check to see what’s on offer.
If you need help or advice when choosing a care home, or paying for care home fees, remember there is always help and advice available to you. For more advice about care home fees planning in Reading, contact us today.